So this was my first shot at DnD Next. We played the "set-up" scenario to the Murder at Baldur's Gate encounter we shall be diving into next Wed. We had a Half Orc fighter, A halfling Rogue, a Gnome Monk (wtf!?), a mage, and myself... Human Rogue. We didn't know that we'd be playing together so it was haphazard party build to be sure. I can honestly say that I haven't had so much fun! Simple rules that don't get in the way. No skills to worry about, just checks that you get bonuses or not. And a good DM helped. Some truly epic moments (for first level characters especially) and ample opportunities to role play. When you pass the checks to scale a wall and reach into a window to pull a crossbowman out Sam Fischer style was pretty cool. So far I'm liking.